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THE JAZZ LIFE

Scenes From The Life Of A Young Jazz Musician

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Foreword Jack Wilkins is an iconic jazz guitarists of the 1970s who is still playing his ass off today, after a career leading and accompanying a host of groups with musicians such as Stan Getz, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Jimmy McGriff, Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette, Phil Woods, and the Brecker Brothers to mention just a handful. One thing about Jack that many people don't know was that as young musician he also played vibes ...

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Steve Wilson at the Jazz Room

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Steve Wilson The Jazz Room Charlotte, NC June 21, 2019 Saxophonist Steve Wilson has an extensive discography. In addition to his recordings as a leader, he has played with such jazz musicians as pianist Chick Corea, saxophonist Michael Brecker, bassist Dave Holland, big band arranger Gerald Wilson, and saxophonist Joe Henderson. He spent the week as guest clinician at JazzArts Camp, working with young area jazz players. For his shows at the Jazz Room he ...

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6 Steps To Big Band Writing

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6 Steps to Big Band Writing Steven Feifke 44 pages Jazz Lesson Videos 2019 Big band writing is no simple task. As with any skill, musical or otherwise, it requires time, study, and patience to reach a true level of proficiency. In short, it's an art that shouldn't be minimized. But it's also a process that need not mystify. Foundational knowledge connected to big band scoring is, at it's heart, all about building blocks. ...

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Jacques Kuba Seguin: Migrations

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Montreal-based trumpeter/composer Jacques Kuba Sequin's Migrations celebrates people from a wide array of cultural communities in Quebec, Canada. The exploration of those multicultural groups results in Sequin's dynamically sculpted sound that is cohesive, celebratory and anthemic. His investigative interviews of the people he is celebrating here reveal a conglomeration of unabashed optimists, glowing with the joy of life. The music doesn't lie. The instrumentation--a sort of Modern Jazz Quartet rhythm section--vibes, piano, bass, drums--paints an understated backdrop for ...

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Samba Azul: Samba Azul

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If Brazil had hands, it would grab you and never let you go. It is as much an emotional feeling as it is a location on a map. It is this that inspired drummer Adam Osmianski's 2019 project, Samba Azul, a compilation of beloved Brazilian standards. Osmianksi, who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, lives and works in London. Armed with a deep love of Antônio Carlos Jobim, Edu Lubo, Sergio Mendes and Edison Machado, Osmianski formed Samba ...

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Enrico Pieranunzi / Thomas Fonnesbæk: Blue Waltz - Live at Gustavs

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The best thing about a live recording is that it captures music made in the moment at a particular time and place. Indeed, when Italian pianist, Enrico Pieranunzi and Danish bassist, Thomas Fonnesbæk teamed up for two evenings of live recording at Gustav's Bistro, nobody could know how special it would be. In fact, Pieranunzi had played at Gustav's before and connoisseurs of Copenhagen Jazz Festival would know that the restaurant was a special spot for hearing music in tandem ...

RADIO

Vincent Peirani & Émile Parisien: The Art of the Duo

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Vincent Peirani and Emile Parisien share the same passion for musical astonishing stunts. Still young they have rapidly established themselves as distinctive voices on their respective instruments. They are interested in musical style, share the same love of improvisation and are not bound by any technical constraints. This mixtape features highlights from their discographies as leaders and co-leaders. Happy listening! Peirani & Parisien Duo Art “Egyptian Fantasy" Belle Époque (ACT) 0:00 Vincent Peirani “What ...

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Ehud Ettun: Deep In The Mountains

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The mountains in question are those of South Korea, revered as sacred by the inhabitants of that country. They also made an indelible impression on Israeli bassist Ehud Ettun in the 40 days he spent there. The eleven songs on this album—a mix of originals and standards—are coloured by his meditations on the visit. Westerners climb mountains to conquer them, South Koreans to renew bonds with nature and ancestral beliefs. On one of the summits of the ...

RADIO

Birth of Hard Bop (1954 - 1958)

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While the “Cool School" was emerging on the West Coast from its roots in Bix and Pres as codified by Miles in The Birth of the Cool sessions of 1949-- 1950, what became known as Hard Bop, a gospel-and blues-influenced variant was growing from Bebop in the east. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Miles Davis Quintet “Doxy" from Bags Groove (Prestige) 3:13 Miles Davis Quintet “Airegin" from Bags Groove (Prestige) 8:04 Host speaks 13:01 Art Blakey Quartet “Once in ...

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Theo Croker: It's Just Black Music

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In a field teeming with talented young lions, the bright sound of trumpeter Theo Croker still sticks out. Grandson of the legendary jazz trumpeter Doc Cheatham, the native Floridian graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is part of a new movement of emerging jazz artists who expertly incorporate hip hop, electronic and R&B elements in their sound in an organic, fluid way. Croker's music both harks back and looks forward at the same time, a balancing act that ...

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Marcin Wasilewski Trio at Triskel Christchurch

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Marcin Wasilewski Trio Triskel Christchurch Cork Midsummer Festival Cork, Ireland June 15, 2019 What a difference a few centuries can make. In 1649 English military leader Oliver Cromwell, in what was the least of his crimes, allegedly used Christchurch to stable his soldiers' horses. He is also said to have melted the church bells to make cannons, as trumpets and saxophones hadn't been invented at that stage. In the following centuries the building ...

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David Kikoski: Phoenix Rising

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Pianist David Kikoski and tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, among the brightest lights on New York City's jazz scene for more than two decades, have known each other for almost as many years but Phoenix Rising marks the first time they have recorded together. After listening, one observation springs immediately to mind: it's about time. A second premise is that the album swings and dazzles from start to finish--but one would expect no less from such masters of ...


Summertime Magic

Statik Link captures the sound of Soul and Jazz that was popular in the 1970s with a modern twist. The trumpet, saxophones, and drums were recorded with vintage microphones for a tone like no other.

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